Breakfast/ Lunch

Off to Work! Breakfast and Packed Lunch

Good Morning!

Well Ryan ended up staying last night 🙂 He just hung around the apartment and did some work on the computer (and hung a picture on my wall that’s been laying around forever!!!) while I was at work. It was so nice to come home to! My Sunshine Burger really gave me ample work energy last night…I was full, energized and satisfied for at least three hours before digging into my cookie stash. I wish these burgers were a little cheaper (I think a pack of 3 were something like $4.50) and came in bigger quantities! I want to try them in a few recipes!

Anyways, I’m working today from 10-4 then going to run on the treadmill at the gym for a little bit after. This morning for breakfast I had 1.5 packets of Nature’s Path Oats & Flax oatmeal with 1/2 cup hempmilk and 1/2 cup water…and covered with the deliciously ripe strawberries I got from the Farmer’s Market yesterday!! So ripe and perfectly sweet…you just can’t get produce like that from the grocery store. You NEED to seek out an outdoor market!


I’m going to include a photo of my lunch with this post because if I don’t, you all won’t get a lunch post until after 5:00, and that’s closer to dinner! I am bringing with me a hummus/veggie sandwich and a ripe nectarine as well as an apple pie larabar for later before I work out. For my sandwich, I used 2 slices of Rudi’s Organic Honey Sweet Whole Wheat bread, a couple tbsp of creamy garlic hummus from the Whole Food’s deli, some slices of the HUGE red pepper I bought yesterday from the market, as well as cucumber slices and spinach. I have an open-faced shot for you guys as well as a put-together sandwich shot. I hope it tastes as good as it looks! Like I said, I’m also bringing a big ripe nectarine to have!



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  • ibex hk
    February 10, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    oooooh, your strawberries look amazing!! was your sunshine burger just the original flavor…or was it seasoned with something? looks good, I love trying out new products 🙂 thanks!

  • Lynn
    February 10, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Do you guys have any cornbread replacements to eat with chili?

    I’d rather not buy a whole thing of cornmeal- does a company make cornbread thats not filled with hydrogenated stuff?

  • jenna
    February 10, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    ibex hk,
    It was Garden Herb variety…SO good!!!!

  • Natalie
    February 10, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    How did you close the sandwich? 😉

  • Laura
    February 10, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Hey everyone!

    I am trying my first day of ‘intuitive eating’ today…meaning that I am not going to count calories. Please root for me- it is such a bad habit that I really want to break. I just saw down and pour cereal and milk and didn’t measure. I know it seems weird to some of you, but it is a huge, scary step for me. I hope I can keep this up!

  • Mel H
    February 10, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Hey Jenna! I can’t find your recipie for homemade pizza (whole wheat crust if possible). Can you either show me where to find it or post it again? thanks so much! the blog is looking amazing!
    Mel H

  • Mallory
    February 10, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Good for you Laura! I will be thinking about you!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 10, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Strawberries + hempmilk + flax oatmeal = one hell of a delicious way to start the day; and it looks like you’re all set for lunch at work, as well!! everything looks great :0)

    Oh and I agree – I wish that there were more than just 3 Sunshine burgers in a pack, but oh well – I just have tons of Sunshine burger boxes in my freezer :0D

    Enjoy your Sunday!!

  • snobird
    February 10, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Hello Laura!
    Just wanted to tell you that I am rooting for you and can’t wait to hear how this freeing day turns out. I’ve been an avid reader for months now and have never commented before, but I decided today that I too would eat intuitively and stop counting, measuring, and “saving calories” just in case a splurge came up later in the day! I’m right there with you and sometimes a little companionship always makes tasks seem much more doable!

  • Alyssa
    February 10, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Go Laura! I’m trying to do the same thing, it’s really hard I know! Random question, I’m not sure if I should put it in the FAQ’s, but I heard on the Today Show a few days ago that white chocolate is not the same as regular chocolate, meaning white chocolate if full of hydrogenated oils and sugar and does not have the positive aspects normal chocolate does. Is that true? Love the blog by the way!

  • mags
    February 10, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Good luck Laura!! I have fallen into the same bad habit of counting calories and eat completely based on the time of day or when I tell myself I should eat along with how much I’m “allowed” to eat and it is a habit I’m trying REALLY hard to break! Let me know how it goes! And just remember, you can’t do any permanent “damage” in one day, so what’s the worst that could happen? Hopefully that takes away some of the scariness!

  • Moran
    February 10, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Hi Jenna!
    I know you said you are not going to be counting calories but I was wondering whether you could tell me how many calories does each slice of bread you used in your sandwich has…
    Thank you!

  • Andrea
    February 10, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    i just tried one of those apple pie larabars since there’s been so much talk about them. LOVE THEM…. i HIGHLY recommend them for everyone! SO delicious and gave me so much energy. thanks jenna!

  • Erica
    February 10, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Moran –
    I know I’m not Jenna, but I believe Jenna uses Rudi’s Honey Sweet Wheat Bread which has 100 calories per slice. 🙂

  • ibex
    February 10, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    yea, I have that loaf, and that’s the nutritional count. It’s the best bread!!! soft, slightly sweet, and makes for a very filling sandwich!

  • Ashley
    February 10, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Good luck Laura! You can do it! I used to be really scared of misportioning but just go by your hunger and eat until you are satisfied and your body will tell youwhat portions you need! I have proof I live it!

    Jenna- Do you feel like the hummus keeps you satisfied like a meat sandwich would?

  • Sara
    February 10, 2008 at 5:26 pm


    I looked on the Sunshine Burger website and the ingredients look so simple that I bet you could experiment and make your own burger that is a bit more inexpensive. The burgers seem to be just a combination of: Ground raw sun-flower seeds, Brown rice, Carrots, Herbs, Sea Salt. I bet you could make your own, even tastier, versions and freeze them for convenience! 🙂


  • emily w.
    February 10, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    About white chocolate…I have heard the exact same thing before…it’s not real chocolate and on and other sites they support this claim.

    “Because white chocolate has no cocoa solids from the chocolate liquor, the FDA doesn’t classify it as chocolate.”
    “White chocolate is made the same way as milk chocolate and dark chocolate — the difference is the ingredients. In fact, because of the ingredients, many people (including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) don’t consider “white chocolate” to be chocolate at all. ”

  • Mandy
    February 10, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    those strawberries look AMAZING!!! 🙂

  • Vic
    February 10, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Hey Jenna and Fage lovers! I love yogurt and I am fascinated by healthy eaters’ healthy obsession with Fage yogurt. I’ve researched what makes Fage so special and have come to the conclusion that it’s largely because the yogurt is strained. Essentially the great thick texture is because a lot of the water has been removed. Fage Greek yogurt is a mix between yogurt and yogurt cheese.

    You can make it at home! This will save a lot of money (yay for twenty somethings on a budget) and is very satisfying. I just did it this morning. Here’s what you do: Place a paper towel (folded in half to make it thicker) or cheese cloth in a round sieve/strainer. Rest this on a bowl to collect the water. Spoon plain yogurt into the strainer, cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for two hours. Place the thick, Fage-like yogurt in a fresh container and that’s it! If you try it, let me know what you think 🙂 I should add that there will be variations in taste depending on what yogurt (fat content and brand) you start with.

    p.s. making your own yogurt is awesome too!

  • Moran
    February 10, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Hi Erica!
    Thanks for the feedback!

  • Kelly
    February 10, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    I never really thought about the white chocolate thing because I dont like it very much, but thats good to know!

    Congrats on eating intuitively!The good with haveing spent so much time counting calories means now you have a pretty good idea what serving sizes look like, so you wont go way over or way under on your intake. Make sure to let us know how it goes!

    I agree your strawberries look amazing. Ive been having the worst time with produce. Im going to try and hit up Trader Joe’s today to see if they are any better.

  • linds
    February 10, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    I went to a massive girls’ night sleepover last night- 8 girls, 5 bottles of pink champagne, a bottle of grey goose, pizza, chips, petit fours, brownies, oreos, french bread & brie- Oh my god the spread was amazing! We watched She’s All That and Now and Then and listened to 90’s music and played drinking games all night. I quite honestly didn’t know my stomach was capable of containing so much food at once! Anyway I am posting about this because of a discussion a few days ago about food mottos and I remember someone posted about how sometimes her body will want junk food and then other times it just craves an apple. I woke up this morning, and really, ALL i wanted was a banana. I had so much fun last night and it can be fun to just eat and drink all you want and then be really really happy eating well the other 95% of the time. This blog and this community here is such a help in knowing that these occasions are meant to be fun splurges and that giving your body want it wants is the most rewarding way to treat yourself. Hope everyone else has had as good a weekend as I did!

  • ibex hk
    February 10, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    thanks, linds! I find that so true, and really cool that you’re so calm about listening to your body. Sometimes you’ve got to step back and put it all in perspective…have fun!!

    enjoy the sunday 🙂

  • Andrea
    February 10, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    I’m coming down with some sort of head/chest cold. What are your thoughts on exercise while sick? Thanks 🙂

  • Amy C.
    February 10, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    That’s so great about trying to eat intuitively, Laura! I count everything right now but you’re making me want to try a new approach. Let us know how it goes!

    Jenna, how was the hempmilk? I saw that Kath bought it too so I’m curious. I like soymilk but I haven’t ventured beyond that yet. Also, at the store today I saw the Late July organic dark chocolate cookies and the Le Petit Ecolier extra dark chocolate ones. Yeah, definitely bought them both to keep on hand for when I want some chocolate. Thanks for posting about them. Both look delicious! 🙂

  • YRSP
    February 10, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    hemp seed nut butter is also great — i use it like i use peanut butter, almond butter, soynut butter, etc.

    this is a fun blog to read. thanks, and keep it up.

  • linds
    February 10, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    thanks ibex hk 🙂 hope you’re having a great weekend!!

    Jenna, I was looking at your chili recipe and you call for hominy. I have gone looking for this in the past for other recipes and I have NEVER been able to find it!!! Do you, or anyone else, know of any substitutes for hominy?? Seriously, I’ve looked everywhere, it’s just not meant to be for me to ever eat it.. and on that note what exactly is it? haha

  • jenna
    February 10, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    I couldnt find hominy either!!!!! Its in with the beans and canned veggies, not the mexican food at the grocery store though!!! Its very random!! Its the stuff tortillas are made from: corn meal! Just in little wet balls. Its actually pretty good just remember to drain and rinse it before using it in the chili because I tasted the hominy out of the can and it was quite salty.

  • Alison
    February 10, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Hi Jenna (and everyone else),

    I’ve posted once before, it was awhile ago, but I have still been enjoying the blog everyday. It’s the only thing that gets me through my work day 🙂 Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know that I made the hummus (from the recipes section) today and it turned out AWESOME!! I don’t think I’ll ever go back to store bought hummus! Not only is it delicious, but it was so simple. Thanks for the great recipe Jenna! I’m so looking forward to having it on a sandwich with some fresh veggies for lunch tomorrow!